Guards will now be allowed to rest at the Visitor Center of the U.S. Capitol.
Prior to Thursday morning, several areas of the entire Capitol were designated as authorized rest areas, where members of the guards could rest to protect the Capitol. The guard said that by Thursday morning, all these areas had been cleaned up and their names had been deleted.
A guard told CNN earlier on Thursday that he said: “Honestly, we have been betrayed.”
Utah Republican Senator Mike Lee said: “This story makes me very unhappy, but I have been in touch with the Utah National Guard and they have been taken care of. My staff and I are investigating what happened here and will Keep working hard to resolve this situation.”
Illinois Democratic Senator Tammy Duckworth tweeted: “I have just made a few phone calls and have been notified that the Congressional Police have apologized to the guards and they will be allowed to return to the detention center tonight. I will continue to check to make sure they are.”
Kyrsten Sinema, a Democratic Senator from Arizona, tweeted: “This is outrageous, shameful and unbelievable for men and women who maintain the safety and security of the US Capitol. ’S disrespect. We need to fix it and we need to respond to what happened.”
“Our guideline is that if you don’t eat or drink, you need to wear a mask. In my unit alone, we have done some positive tests for Covid, and they just squeezed us together with tape. Small areas. “That’s the only authorized rest area.”
The Acting Sheriff of the House of Representatives Tim Blodgett (Tim Blodgett) said in a statement Thursday night that he will continue to “monitor the work and living conditions of the Guard.”
Due to the deepening of security issues for the inauguration of President Joe Biden, approximately 25,000 National Guard troops were assembled from all 50 states, three regions and the District of Columbia. Many people use the cafe in the Dirksen Senate office building to the northwest of the Capitol as a rest area to relax, charge their phones and get wireless Internet access. But on Thursday afternoon, the guards who spoke to CNN said that they could no longer use the cafeteria and could only park in the parking lot of the nearby Thurgood Marshall Justice Center.
The U.S. National Guard said earlier on Thursday that the relocation of troops is temporary because Congress is meeting.
“The National Guard continues to assist and support the U.S. Capitol Police. During the Congress meeting, as the flow of people and business activities increased, the Capitol Police asked the troops to move their rest areas. They were temporarily placed in the Thurgood Marshall Justice Center. Owned. Garage with heating and toilet facilities. We are still a flexible force, providing security for the Capitol and its surrounding areas.”
The U.S. Capitol Police did not directly address the caretaker’s situation in a statement on Thursday night. Instead, they specified how many “off-school rest” guards they knew were given.
The statement said: “Recently, the Department of Defense requested changes to the troop’s timetable so that their working hours do not exceed 8 hours to allow more off-campus rest time after taking office.” “The Guard is reviewing the requirement so that it can be adjusted. Logistics and schedule.”
A week ago, photos of the National Guard resting in the rotunda of the Capitol also caused an uproar. The guard spokesperson made it clear that the troops are not sleeping on duty, but resting between shifts.
“Be clear that this is not where they live when they leave work. Being present is the first step to ensure the safety of our citizens and the National Capitol. Our security personnel will do their best during shifts and breaks,” a security spokesperson said .
The bureau said earlier on Thursday that most of the 25,000 National Guards who were taken to Washington to ensure the city’s safety through the inauguration ceremony will be sent home within 5 to 10 days. Approximately 15,000 soldiers will return to their homes “as soon as possible,” although the plan and process of mobilizing them may take several days.
The National Security Agency said that some agencies have requested continuous support and it is expected that approximately 7,000 guards will remain by the end of this month.
This story has been updated and other reports are available.
Correction: The early version of this story spelled Syr. Senator Sinema’s name.